Pictures and Video offer us an unending supply of starting points from which to engage our language learners in class, the outside world and each other. Students can jump off into non-scripted, free form conversation as they discuss the media itself or connections that it makes to their own lives. In the process of acquiring language, it can helpful to bridge the gap between what we see and what we can express through the written or spoken word. And let’s face it, they are fun to look at and expand our minds.
Empower Students and Have Fun!
Invite students to bring in videos and images that they make themselves and find on the internet. You’ll find they are even more engaged when it is their content.
Create a slide with different images.
Design a Quick Quiz with a question or more related to each image.
- Ask Students to write a caption for the Image
- Ask Open-Ended questions in various tenses.
- Ask Open-Ended questions that elicit target vocabulary.
- Utilize MC questions to target specific misconceptions by including them as choices.
Play a video clip and pause it at a specific moment.
Activate the Short Answer feature and ask a question.
- Ask “What do you think the character will say next?” (future tense)
- Ask “Write a two sentence summary of what’s happening.” (sentence creation, open-ended observation)
- Ask “Describe the scene using at least 3 new adjectives.” (new vocabulary)
- Ask ” What did the main character do?” (past tense)
Have students read their answers out loud to practice pronunciation.
Discuss as a class
Have students vote on their favorites